Section 10: Protection against impact from and trapping by doors

  1. Section 10: Safety features

    Section 10: Safety features

    Safety features

    10.1 Doors and gates should be constructed in accordance with all of the following.

    a. In door leaves and side panels wider than 450mm, include vision panels towards the leading edge of the door to provide, as a minimum, the zone or zones of visibility shown in Diagram 10.1.

    b. For sliding doors and gates, provide both of the following:

    (i) a stop or other effective means to prevent them coming off the end of the track
    (ii) a retaining rail to prevent doors and gates falling if the suspension system fails or the rollers leave the track.

    c. On upward-opening doors and gates, fit a device to stop them falling in a way that may cause injury.

    d. For power-operated doors and gates, provide all of the following:

    (i) safety features (such as a pressure-sensitive door edge which operates the power switch) to prevent injury to people who are struck or trapped
    (ii) a readily identifiable and accessible stop switch
    (iii) the ability for manual or automatic opening if there is a power failure, when necessary for health or safety.

    Diagram 10.1 Visibility requirements of doors Part K
    Diagram 10.1 Visibility requirements of doors Part K
    Hazards on access routes

    10.2 If, during normal use, doors (excluding fire escape doors) swing out by more than 100mm towards an access route, protect them as shown in Diagram 10.2.
    Diagram 10.2 Avoiding doors on access routes Part K
    Diagram 10.2 Avoiding doors on access routes Part K